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At this time, FDA does not have evidence that triclosan added to antibacterial soaps and body washes provides extra health benefits over soap and water. Consumers concerned about using hand and body soaps with triclosan should wash with regular soap and water.

The FDA web page about triclosan answers common questions about this ingredient, including the benefits of triclosan, the safey of triclosan, and important things about triclosan that consumers should know. If you have any other questions about triclosan, please follow up with your doctor or other healthcare professional.

Triclosan: FDA Publishes Questions and Answers Guide

The FDA has published a web page titled "Triclosan: What Consumers Should Know." Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is sometimes added to antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and cosmetics.

Triclosan is not currently known to be hazardous to humans. But several scientific studies have come out since the last time the FDA reviewed this ingredient, including animal studies that showed that triclosan alters hormone regulation. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. In light of questions raised by recent animal studies of triclosan, the FDA is reviewing all of the available evidence on this ingredient's safety in consumer products. The FDA will communicate the findings of its review to the public in spring 2011.

To view the FDA's web page about Triclosan, please visit: more information here

Source: FDA
Publication Date: 2010-04-20
Last Updated: 2010-04-20

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